Retired Docker Eyes SANFL Return

 Retired Docker Eyes SANFL Return


Ex-Docker Danyle Pearce is in discussions with his original SANFL club Sturt about a potential return in 2019.

The 32-year-old, who started his career at Port Adelaide before heading to Fremantle after the 2012 season, retired from the AFL at the end of last season after 258 appearances.

Pearce has relocated back to his home state after accepting a job at gin-producing company Something Wild Beverages alongside his former Power teammate Daniel Motlop.

He fell out of favour late in his time at Fremantle, playing just three senior outings this year despite dominating in the WAFL.

He was a joint winner of Peel Thunder’s Tucker Medal best-and-fairest award with former Bomber Ben Howlett after averaging a touch under 30 disposals in 16 matches.

Highlights of Pearce’s AFL career include winning the AFL rising star in 2006 and playing in Fremantle’s grand final loss to Hawthorn in 2013.

Pearce was one of three retirements at Fremantle this year with defenders Michael Johnson and Lee Spurr also calling time on their AFL careers.

Johnson has been in talks with WAFL side Perth about a variety of roles for next season.

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